07 Nov What Is Emergency Restoration?
When disaster strikes your home, you need emergency restoration to bring back the luster of your home. An emergency is defined as any unplanned event that incurs stress upon the individual involved. The emergencies we are referring to in this article are home-related emergencies, such as burst pipes, overflowing toilets, electric or a grease fire, and severe weather damage.
ESR Disaster Hero is a Tulsa restoration company who takes care of clients in the greater Tulsa area with their expert restoration team. Their team is able to take care of any size home or business with any issue in need of emergency restoration. Their 24/7 Emergency Disaster Restoration is top-notch and can help you out of a pinch when disaster strikes.
When fire or water disaster strikes, call on the Disaster Hero to take care of your home and restore your home from disaster.
Emergency Restoration After Fire Damage
The process of fire restoration is key in restoring your home quickly and efficiently. There is a very specific order to the things to correctly reverse the damage from fire and smoke disaster. Depending on the severity of the damage, there may be room to drop a few steps, but generally, this is the direction emergency fire restoration takes.
Assessment and Evaluation
The first thing to do when emergency restoration is needed after a fire is to assess the damage of structure and evaluate the cost of material lost. This can be a quick process if the damage is very minimal but can be quite long if the fire was more severe. In this step, ESR Disaster Hero’s team walk the premises and take note of the damage done by the fire and keep track of what materials were affected and how much will need to be replaced.
The damage is recorded and meticulously log the details of their walkthrough to check back to later when getting the materials necessary to repair the damage and restore your home or business. The soot and residue on the surfaces of the building are tested and the air is checked to make sure the levels of carcinogens are at a safe level.
After the assessment is done, they bring in plywood to board up any broken windows and holes in outside walls and tarps to cover any hole in the roof. This is only a temporary solution until the team can acquire the proper materials to replace the damaged places in the building.
It is possible to live in the home during this if there is no other option for you, but it is recommended that you find another living situation while the restoration process is underway. The emergency restoration team at ESR takes your needs into consideration and will help you clear out any personal items that you may need to save after the fire.
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire; but also where there’s fire, there’s water. A house fire gets quelled by firefighters and their water hoses and businesses usually have fire suppression systems to put out the fire. This water is very useful for its intended purpose, but once the fire is gone, the water is unnecessary and needs to be removed.
With a combination of sub pumps and wet/dry vacs, this water can be removed after some time. Once the water is gone, another sweep is done to check for more damage and to check if the carpet and hardwood flooring is salvageable. Usually, the water creates its own damage which is negligible and welcomed in order to stop the fire from doing more damage.
A somewhat overlooked but key step in the process of emergency restoration is smoke removal. Smoke settles in any fabric and carpet during and after a fire. The thin fibers in the fabric trap smoke particles between them and those particles cause an odor in the building after the fire is put out.
Smoke is made up of carcinogens, which are toxic particles created by burning different materials. Smoke inhalation is very serious because those toxic particles lodge in your lungs and cause issues with the cells that process oxygen.
Another by-product of smoke is soot, which is just smoke that has settled on hard services. This substance is corrosive to most materials and can permanently damage and discolor them. Air scrubbers and foggers are two special machines used to clean and remove smoke and soot from a fire-damaged building.
Structural repair includes all forms of repair and replacement of damaged materials from fire and suppression systems. This includes paint, trim, drywall, studs, insulation, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems. All of these things need to be repaired and replaced for the job to be done.
Cosmetically, the house or business must be put back to its original state. It must be restored to the way it was before the disaster struck. This may the time to work on a new look for your home. Get a new paint job on the walls that needed the restoration and then finish off the paint job yourself.
If the water sat for any length of time before it was removed, there may be a chance that mold set in. This is an issue for air quality and materials that were not replaced during the restoration. Breathing in mold spores can be very harmful to your lungs and can cause respiratory issues.
This process is very specific and requires a professional to do. The remediation process is just that, a remedy for the excess mold in your home. Through special chemicals and airflow tricks, the remediation can be done a day or two. In the meantime, you can not live in the house, so finding another living situation for a few days is necessary.
Emergency Restoration After Water Damage
Restoration of your home after water damage is not the best time to try out your DIY skills and save money by doing it yourself. You should leave the restoration job to the professionals. ESR Disaster Hero has a team of water damage restoration specialists to help you get your home back to the way that it was before the water damage took place.
Their process for emergency water restoration is fairly simple, but it requires a fast turn around time to cut down on mold and the softening of building materials in your home. If a pipe bursts or toilet overflows, don’t hesitate to call the Disaster Hero to come to take care of your home.
Water that has flooded a home or business must be extracted as soon as possible to avoid other problems from compounding on top. The water must be extracted from the carpet with an extractor or wet/dry vac to ensure that all the excess pooling water is removed from the carpet.
The water is to be dumped outside the home or into the sink or tub to dispose of the excess. This is a crucial step in the process of emergency water restoration. Any softening of wood or other material must be noted for the repair process.
The next step is to get the excess moisture out of the air through dehumidifying the house. Without this step, the moisture can come to rest on the walls and in the carpets and cause mold. Using strong fans and blowers can help to diffuse the water vapor in the house as well as dry out the last bit of moisture in the carpets after extraction takes up most of it.
To prevent secondary damage to the home’s walls, trim, carpets, and other flooring, the humidity must be taken out as quickly as possible. Once it’s dry, it’s time to move on to the next phase of the process.
If the water damage was caused by a sewer backup, overflowing toilet, or flood, that water brought dirt, germs, and other foreign toxins into your home. These gross things must be dealt with to fully restore the home after water damage.
A strong, citrus disinfectant would be good to get rid of these toxins, but if stringer measures are needed to get all the grime left over by the water, a simple diluted bleach and water mix should do the trick as long as you watch out for pulling the dye from the carpet and the paint while you clean.
Removal of Damaged Materials
All damaged materials must be removed and replaced to fully restore the home after water damage. The water damaged ceiling panels, drywall, and insulation must be ripped out and replaced. This is exactly like the fire damage process.
Each damaged piece of the home gets ripped out and replaced with a new one all the way down to the paint and spackling. Good riddance to the old, damaged materials. In with the new fresh wood, drywall, trim, and paint.
There is an even bigger chance with water damage that mold could begin to grow in your home very quickly because the water is dirty. In this case, ESR Disaster Hero’s team would remediate the mold in your home with special chemicals and machines to pull the mold out of your home.
ESR Disaster Hero is fully prepared to help you with your disaster restoration needs. They have 24/7 emergency disaster restoration to help you when you need them the most. Their team does great work on fire and water emergency restoration projects and can take care of your home today.
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